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Fortnite v10.40.1 Update patch notes - Out of Time event, weapon unvault, more

by Matt Porter

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Epic Games have officially released the v10.40.1 update for Fortnite Battle Royale, with the patch available for download on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. 

Following the massive v10.40 update that was released during the week prior, Epic have pushed out a much more minor update, which isn't expected to contain any major changes.

That said, there are still some things worth noting about v10.40.1, and you can find the full patch notes below. 



Out of Time event

Epic Games officially confirmed the Season 10 Overtime event, which will be called the 'Out of Time Missions', giving players some end-of-season rewards including XP to help bump up your ranks and earn stars for your Battle Pass, brand new cosmetics and a special loading screen to commemorate the popular battle royale title's tenth season. 

The Out of Time Missions will be available from Tuesday, October 8 until Sunday, October 13, and while developers Epic Games refrained from revealing the challenges players will be asked to complete, data miners have already given us a sneak peek at what we can expect. 

Epic Games
Epic Games
Players can earn cosmetic rewards by completing the Out of Time Mission.

Out of Time
We’re heading into overtime… before we’re out of time. Complete the objectives in the Out of Time Overtime Mission for end-of-Season rewards that include XP, cosmetics, and a commemorative Loading Screen. 

Out of Time will begin on Tuesday, October 8.

  • Season X’s Overtime Mission is coming soon! The Out of Time Mission will be available from Tuesday, October 8 at 9 AM ET until Sunday, October 13 at 2 PM ET.
  • Complete Out of Time’s objectives to earn end-of-Season rewards, including XP, cosmetics, and a Loading Screen that serves as a Season X memento.



Fortnite Season X extended 

With the Overtime challenges launching in what is now Week 11 of Fortnite's Season 10, Epic Games have now confirmed that the season has been extended by one week, writing in the patch notes players "may be almost out of time, but we're not out just yet."

Season 11 is now scheduled to kick off during the week beginning October 14, although the official release date has yet to be revealed. 



Flint-Knock Pistol unvaulted

Fans of the popular battle royale game will be able to get their hands on a weapon that was previously removed from the game, with the developers reintroducing the Flint-Knock pistol to the loot pool in the v10.40.1 update. 

The Flint-Knock was originally added to Fortnite back in March 2019, and deals 86/90 damage to opponents from close range, although there is a "significant damage falloff" the further away you are from an enemy. The weapon knocks back the shooter when fired, and sends those who are hit with it flying if they are in close proximity to the gun when shot. You can crouch to avoid the affects of the pistol should you not want want go bouncing away when you fire it. 

Epic Games
Epic Games
The Flint-Knock Pistol returns in the v10.40.1 update.

Unvaulted 

  • Flint-Knock Pistol



The Fortnite v10.40.1 update also brings changes to the Zone Wars LTM, bug fixes which should address issues with players trying to queue into The Combine, and have also re-enabled the mode for iOS and Android. You can read the remaining patch notes below. 

Remaining Fortnite v10.40.1 Update patch notes

BATTLE ROYALE

WHAT’S NEW?

GAMEPLAY

  • We may be almost out of time, but we’re not out just yet — Season X has been extended a week!
    • Gotham City and the Batman Caped Crusader Pack will be available until the end of Season X.
  • Zone Wars
    • Zones Wars Desert, Vortex, Colosseum, and Downhill River LTMs have been consolidated into two LTM playlists. Queue into either playlist to play one of the four Zone Wars maps at random.
      • Zone Wars: Party
        • Queue with a party larger than one into a free-for-all experience.
      • Zone Wars: Solo
        • Queue by yourself into a free-for-all experience.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue involving some players having difficulty queuing into The Combine.
    • Because this issue has been resolved, The Combine has been re-enabled on iOS and Android. 

PERFORMANCE

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved a level streaming issue that occurred with v10.40 causing an increase in players landing in low-detail environments on Nintendo Switch.
    • Please note that this fix will result in a larger download for the system.
  • Improved the performance of a cosmetic material to address hitches caused by the material.

ART + ANIMATION

Bug Fixes

  • The map now shows the correct aerial view for Gotham City.

MOBILE

  • Party Hub
    • Improved the search bar functionality to make it easier to search for friends.

Bug Fixes

  • Resolved a visual issue in which microphones would be displayed as on when players weren’t in voice chat.

RECAP

  • From server on September 27
    • Resolved an issue involving some display names not being presented properly on The Combine’s leaderboards.

CREATIVE

WHAT’S NEW?

Meteor Prop Gallery
Add this doomsday dilemma to your games!

Epic Games
Epic Games
Creative players can now use metero props.

PREFABS & GALLERIES

  • Added 1 New Prefab.
    • Meteor - The Meteor Prefab consists of all the rocks and particles from the Meteor Galleries but grouped together in one giant package.
  • Added 3 New Galleries.
    • Meteor Prop Gallery
    • Meteor Core Gallery
    • Meteor Particle Gallery

RECAP

  • From server on September 27
    • Resolved an issue in which Alt-Tabbing would cause all props on a map to become destructible.

What to expect from v10.40.1 update?

With this patch seemingly being a minor one, all indications are that it won't be adding anything big or making any significant changes to the battle royale title.

There doesn't appear to be a new weapon, item, or vehicle being introduced via this update, as the in-game message screen normally announces those types of things ahead of time.

Epic have confirmed that the file size will be larger for the Nintendo Switch, which could mean that they're implementing some fixes for FPS issues that were causing the game to be "unplayable" according to numerous player reports on social media. 

There is still a chance that some map changes could be implemented via this patch, although it probably won't be something as big as a new Rift Zone.

Instead, Epic could add stuff to the map having to do with the leaked 'The End' event in Fortnite, which is rumored to be the in-game spectacle that concludes Season 10 and launches 11. 

Epic Games
Epic Games
'The End' event in Fortnite could be further hinted at with potential map changes in the v10.40.1 update.